Careers at The Land Institute
The Land Institute is working on a solution to one of humankind’s most critical challenges: how to produce food without destroying precious soil, water, and ecological resources.
The long-term, game-changing nature of our mission is both challenging and fulfilling. Our people reflect the values of the prairie: diverse and perennial. Our staff members have come from several continents to The Land Institute’s modest home in Salina, Kansas to transform agriculture worldwide. For many it becomes a lifelong career. More than a few have been involved with — and have evolved with — The Land Institute for decades.
Jobs at The Land Institute include scientists and field and research technicians as well as positions in farm operations, fundraising, communications, marketing, finance, and administration.
Current Job Openings at The Land Institute
Civic Science Research Technician
The Land Institute is looking for a creative, collaborative Civic Science Research Technician to support our growing agricultural civic science communities, in which participants and researchers learn together as they grow, care for, and study perennial grain crops. This full time technician will join an innovative team whose educational research and outreach seeks to connect agroecology, plant breeding, and long-term sustainability with people’s everyday lives. The position is based in Salina, Kansas, and will be mentored and supervised by The Land Institute’s Director of Ecosphere Studies, who leads our civic science research.
The technician will be responsible for helping co-design and implement new experimental projects, engage in both individual and group evaluations, manage scientific and humanistic data, and assist with educational outreach and communication, among other duties.
To be considered for this position, interested applicants should submit a resume or CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references to . Review of applications will begin November 16, 2020. Position will remain open until filled.
Opportunities With Partners
KernzaCAP Research Project Manager
The UMN Dept. of Agronomy and Plant Genetics and Green Lands Blue Waters seek to hire a Research Project Manager for an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional research, education, and extension project. This is a 1.0 FTE term position with funding for 5 years with potential for extension.
This position is funded by a USDA Coordinated Agricultural Project grant to integrate nation-wide activities to launch the enterprise of the world’s first large-scale perennial grain crop called Kernza®. This highly interdisciplinary project is based at the University of Minnesota and includes six other universities and numerous other organizations and individuals representing a broad range of stakeholder groups. The project includes research, education, and outreach/extension activities with six core objectives: 1) advance germplasm and trait evaluation, 2) enhance agronomic and on-farm knowledge, 3) improve environmental quality, 4) engage education, extension and policy, 5) develop supply chains and economic drivers, and 6) activate transformative change through intentional integration. Further information is available on the project website, kernza.org/kernzacap. This position will work closely with the management team on the following areas (with % time distributed approximately equally among them): Project Management, Network Weaving/ Coordination of Collaborators, Internal and External Communications, Research Roles, Data Management and Evaluation and Synthesis.
Apply online at https://hr.myu.umn.edu/jobs/ext/337940. Applications must be submitted online using position number: 337940 Review of applications will begin December 1st, 2020.
Other Employment Opportunities
Don’t see a link to a current open position, or don’t see a position that fits your skill set? Feel free to submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to and we will keep your information on file for future employment opportunities
Internships at The Land Institute
Our interns gain valuable insight into the research programs of The Land Institute while assisting in the fields, seed processing facilities, and labs. With thousands of experimental plots and tens of thousands of experimental plants, interns conduct crucial fieldwork that includes hoeing, transplanting, and sampling alongside preeminent scientists working to develop Natural Systems Agriculture. Summer interns enjoy seminars with the staff and visiting scientists, but the majority of learning is gained from hands-on work with the research programs. Keep in mind that although the fieldwork is satisfying, it also can be physically challenging.
We generally require that interns commit to a duration of at least three months between May and October. Interns are paid and work approximately 40 hour weeks. While we do not offer free housing, limited housing is available near campus and rent is typically around $300/month. Although interns are often students (generally between sophomores in college to recently graduated) we consider adult applicants of any age and background.
Summer 2021 applications are now open. Please download and fill out this application and send with a resume and cover letter to Westen Gehring, . Application deadline is January 15, 2021.
Graduate Students and Post-Doctoral Fellows
The Perennial Agriculture Project, a joint-project of Malone Family Land Preservation Foundation and The Land Institute, has an Individual Grants Program that awards grants to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at partner institutions throughout the United States.